Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Helping the Mind Move to Music

Music therapy plays a significant role at our George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers. Therapists use music to help dementia patients stimulate memories and develop a strong sense of self.

According to the magazine Aging Well, music stimulates feelings, emotions and sensations. It promotes memory recall; positive changes in moods and emotional states; a sense of control over life; non-pharmacological management of pain and discomfort; stimulation that promotes interest even when other approaches are ineffective; structure that promotes rhythmic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation; and opportunities to interact socially with others.

Last week the San Diego Master Chorale spent the morning entertaining our Hillcrest Center participants and staff with a great singalong to some of the most popular Broadway and radio tunes of the past. We grabbed our camera and created this two-minute video to show you a sample of the program. Enjoy.